KRA,KEBs official in court over importation of substandard goods

Two Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) senior officials have been charged with conniving to release a consignment of substandard Thai white rice.
Kiprono Cole Bullut, Chief Manager Containers Freight StationsĀ and David Ngugi Mbogori, Customs Head Verification Officer further faced four counts of abuse of office and neglect of duty.
They are alleged to have allowed the Thai rice which did not meet the standards set by the East African Standard for milled rice.
The accused persons are charged alongside KEBS official Peter Nyanjui Ndungu and eight others and are alleged to have committed the offenses on 27th December 2017 within Mombasa County.
They are further charged with allowing importation of substandard adult diapers, potassium nitrate fertilizer , tyres and tube tyres which was prejudicial to the public.
KEBS officials were jointly charged with willful disobedience of Standards Act of Imports Order by unlawfully importing into the country a consignment of substandard Thai White Rice and securing its release.
They are alleged to have committed the offenses between 6th March and 30th June this year in Mombasa.
They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and were granted different amounts of cash bail ranging from Sh 300,000 to 1 million pending the hearing and determination of the case.
Among those arrested in the swoop but was not charged is suspended KEBs Managing Director Charles Ongwae.
The matter will be heard on 15th November.